The Ladybirds just wrapped up a five-show stint backing rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson. They posted a number of photos on their Facebook page. Take a look.
The 38th Kentucky Music Weekend happens this weekend, and J. L. Puckett has a piece in today’s paper about it. Promoter Nancy Johnson Barker was the LMN cover story in June as well.
For details about the event, head over to the KMW website
Puckett also has a short piece about the impending end of music at Uncle Slayton’s and a preview of Wanda Jackson’s show at Porter’s.
The First Lady of Rockabilly, Ms Wanda Jackson her ownself, for whom time stands still so she can continue to deliver the rockabilly goods, will play Headliners On July 27. And the goods are good, too, just the sort of music that inspired Louisville’s Ladybirds, who’ll be opening for Ms Jackson. (All that’s missing is Bodeco.) After a side career in country music, Jackson returned to her rockabilly roots in the early 1980s, thanks to rockabilly fans in Europe. She is currently touring in support of 2012’s Unfinished Business, which was produced by Justin Townes Earle. Tickets are $17 adv/ $20 DoS
Wanda Jackson, so often billed as the “Queen of Rockabilly” and sometimes the “Queen of Rock,” (which she most definitely isn’t), comes to town on Thursday at Headliners. Over at Gannett’s Louisville Profit Center, there’s an informative interview/bio of Jackson, courtesy of Chris Talbott of the Associated Press. Jackson is eternally grateful to Jack White for resurrecting her career, which began in the Fifties, when rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly were the hottest thing. She still sings that same kind of music, which is not what is now called “Rock.” If you don’t know the difference, it’s a matter of a backbeat or not – rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll both have very distinct backbeats, current rock not so much or none at all.
You can talk your authentic all you want, but when it comes to rockabilly and early rock ‘n’ roll, it doesn’t get any more authentic than Wanda Jackson (and Chuck Berry, of course). The Queen of Rock and Rockabilly (and former Elvis girlfriend) will play at show at Headliners on March 24. Tickets are $17 adv/$20 DoS. Let’s have a party!